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Grüße aus Malbun

Diese Woche startet hier in Malbun, Liechtenstein die deutschsprachige FileMaker Konferenz mit Teilnehmern aus mindestens fünf Ländern. Ich hoffe ihr kommt nicht nur zur Konferenz, sondern nehmt euch auch einen extra Tag frei um die schöne Berglandschaft zu genießen.

Zu Fuß oder per Seilbahn kann man auf den Berg Sareis kommen und die Aussicht über das Tal genießen. Der Blick geht weit nach Österreich und die Schweiz rüber. Ab der Kapelle in Malbun kann man über den geschotterten Weg in ca. 4 km bis zum Café an der Bergspitze laufen mit moderater Steigung.

FileMaker Conferences

We are looking forward to two weeks with conferences. As you may know there are seven FileMaker conferences this year in Europe.

I visit the German conference in Malbun (Liechtenstein), the Scandinavian conference in Gothenburg (Sweden) and the English conference in London (United Kingdom) this year. And for the German conference, Stefanie will join me to help on the booth and with our training day on Wednesday.

See you there!

Greetings to the people in Gent, which start the FM Summit today.

URLs without UserName and Password please

With last plugin release we enabled the option for CURL to disallow you passing user name and password. As URLs are sent to proxy and may be logged at the web servers, we prefer to not include credentials in the URL. And if you use the email address for user name, the name in the URL never worked.

So for the future, please separate them and put the credentials in the relevant options:

In FileMaker:

Set Variable [ $curl ; Value: MBS("CURL.New") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("CURL.SetOptionURL"; $curl; $URL) ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("CURL.SetOptionUsername"; $curl; "xxx") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("CURL.SetOptionPassword"; $curl; "yyy") ]

In Xojo:

dim curl as new CURLSMBS
curl.OptionURL = URL
curl.OptionUserName = "xxx"
curl.OptionPassword = "yyy"

If you still use URLs with username and password, please move to passing them with the username and password properties.

If you really can't change your solution, you can still use CURL.SetOptionDisallowUserNameInURL (FileMaker) and OptionDisallowUserNameInURL property in CURLSMBS/CURLNMBS and CURLMBS classes (Xojo) to enable username and password in URLs.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.5pr2

New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins:
  • Updated DynaPDF to version
  • Fixed issues with printer settings for DynaPDFMBS print methods on Windows.
  • Improved RemoveAccentsMBS to include greece characters.
  • Changed CDBaseChartMBS.MakeChartPicture to set resolution of picture to ScaleFactor * 72 dpi.
  • Changed SQLDatabaseMBS to return RecordSet where you can query names of columns even if you have no rows.
  • Fixed bug in PaletteCalculatorMBS.GetNearestIndexOfColor with color parameter.
  • Fixed FinderUpdateMBS for 64-bit to work by calling internally NSWorkSpaceMBS.noteFileSystemChanged.
  • Added more NSErrorMBS methods to create custom error objects.
  • Fixed a bug to avoid crash with RegisterMBSPlugins with wrong license key.
  • Fixed bug in SSL initialization introduced in pr1.
  • Updated to zlib 1.2.11.
  • Fixed bug in DynaPDF print functions (made white pages) and fixed example (printed only one page).
  • Fixed bugs in WindowsMidiOutputMBS and WindowsMidiInputMBS for 64-bit.
  • Fixed SystemInformationMBS.SystemFont for Mac.
  • Added new plugin part to Mac64bit plugin for CryptoTokenKit from Apple.
  • Fixed problem with SystemInformationMBS.Computername and MBS.ComputerName returning extra characters.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.5pr2

New in this prerelease of version 8.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Promotion: Buy one, give one

FileMaker currently runs a promotion till 20th December 2018 where you can buy a FileMaker license and receive a second one to give to a friend.

in German here at filemaker-magazin.de website.

In English here in the FileMaker Store: store.filemaker.com/product/PMO

Please check conditions for details.

CURL Up 2019

The CURL conference for 2019 is announced:

curl up 2019 will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic the last weekend of March.

When: March 29-31, 2019
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Venue: Charles University

For details, please check the website.

Maybe we can arrange some developer meeting with our Xojo and FileMaker clients, too?

Email Script for FileMaker

Today a client sent me his email script using our plugin. It is based on one of our examples, but got quite a few enhancements.

First like with every professional developer, you see a few comments about what it does and where data is coming from. Also changes are logged at the end. Part of the standard setup of the methods is to disallow user abort and activate error capture to avoid error dialogs.

All the configuration details are not part of the script, but come from a configuration table. For tracing the soluton, a trace script is called to log what happens. Results from sending emails are stored in the table, so you can check for each email whether it worked and what the error message is. Please read the script below:


Adding Drag and Drop receiver to a layout

One of our clients asked how to add a Drag & Drop area on the layout to receive file drops.


Well, the obvious answer is to copy everything from DragTest Windows.fmp12 to their solution and enjoy it for both Mac & Windows. But it's not that simple as you need to know where to look. So here a step by step solution.


Before you start, please make sure you have a recent plugin version. The Drag & Drop features for Windows were introduced in MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.1, but we got bug fixes later, so best is to use current 8.4 release.


Add placeholder rectangle


First in our DragTest Windows.fmp12 file is a picture used for the drop area. The picture is there twice. Once assigned to the rectangle in the layout and second in a global field. So add the DropLogo field to the layout and you can export the image named "Drop-Files-Here-extra.jpg".


In your solution, you may find a layout where you like people to drop stuff. This should be a layout where you would enable Drop in one trigger and than disable it when the user leaves the layout.


To the layout, we add a rectangle area in the header for the drop. Our image is 500 x 224, so our rectangle should be 250 x 112 points big to use 2x image for sharp picture on high resolution screens. In the inspector for fill option, please select picture and select the image file. For the aspect ratio, please choose "Scale to Fit" below. In the first inspector tab, please give the rectangle a name, e.g. "drop".


Please add a global container image named DropLogo. Put it on the layout and import the image here, too. After the import, you can remove the global field from the layout. We need this image later in the script. It's a good idea to actually have two images, one of drop off and one for drop on. This way you can see whether the plugin is working.



Call stored procedures with output parameters

As you know MBS Xojo SQL Plugin can execute stored procedures. For that you normally just pass the name of the stored procedure instead of a SQL command. The plugin than queries the details for the stored procedure like the input and output parameters. You can set input parameters and call execute. After you got all the result sets read, the last data package from the server brings the return code and the output parameter values. Check this sample code: (more)

FileMaker DevCon Videos coming soon

As you may have seen the videos from FileMaker DevCon 2018 in Grapevine, Texas are planned to arrive soon.
The DevCon 2018 sessions by track website shows 9th October 2018 as release dates for the videos.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.5pr1

New in this prerelease of the 18.4 plugins:
  • Updated to LibXL 3.8.3.
  • Removed draggingSourceOperationMaskForLocal events (deprecated in MacOS 10.7).
  • Rebuild with Xcode 10. Minimum MacOS version is now 10.9.
  • Added SetMethodPreference and SupportedAlgorithms methods to SSH2SessionMBS class.
  • Updated SQLite to version 3.25.2.
  • Added more methods for NSFileManagerMBS.
  • Changed methods in NSFileManagerMBS to be regular ones, not shared. This is needed as we may have multiple file managers.
  • Updated OpenSSL to version 1.1.1 for all targets.
  • Added CipherMBS.CipherNames and DigestMBS.DigestNames functions.
  • Added CipherNames and DigestNames to SSH2SessionMBS and CURLSMBS classes.
  • improved DynaPDFMBS.PrintPDFPage to use DevMode data if set.
Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.5pr1

New in this prerelease of version 8.5 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

XDC 2019 Call for Speakers

The 2019 Xojo Developer Conference will take place 1st to 3rd May 2019 in Miami, Florida. The Marriott Biscayne Bay is located in the north side of Miami downtown and is a convenient location to reach most of Miami easily. Registration is possible and current rate is $799 for the ticket.

For now Xojo Inc. is looking for speakers to present at the conference. This is your chance to take the time to prepare a session to talk about an interesting topic for Xojo developers, claim your Xojo fame and get 50% off the registration cost!

A topic could be some best practice, how you solved a problem in development, how you made your app, explain a recently introduced feature in Xojo or present an add-on.

Find out more. Deadline for submission is 26th October 2018.

Sign up for European FileMaker Conferences 2018

Please join 500+ FileMaker developers at the European developer conferences this year:
Conference Name Language Location Date Registration
FM Summit Dutch Gent, Belgium 15 - 17 October Website
FileMaker Italian DevCon Italian Bologna, Italy 17 - 19 October Website
FileMaker Konferenz German Malbun, Liechtenstein 17 - 20 October Website
FileMaker Devcon Scandinavia English Gothenburg, Sweden 22 - 23 October Website
FileMaker UK Developer Event English London, United Kingdom 23 - 24 October Website
FM Conférence French La Rochelle, France 24 - 26 October Website
FileMaker Spanish DevCon Spanish Madrid, Spain 26 - 27 October


Meet MBS at the conferences in Malbun, London and Gothenburg.

Moving to Xcode 10

We are trying to move to Xcode 10.

This may involve dropping 32-bit for some things as Xcode 10 doesn't support 32-bit any more. And it may be we could drop 32-bit as target and just make new plugins to be 64-bit only.

Next we may make MacOS 10.9 the minimum, which would drop a few older Xojo and FileMaker versions. What minimum would you like to have?

Of course just going with 10.10 or 10.11 as minimum could simplify coding for us.

MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.4 - More than 5400 Functions In One Plugin

Nickenich, Germany - (September 25th, 2018) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.4 for macOS, iOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin currently available for FileMaker Pro. As the leading database management solution for Windows, macOS, iOS and the web, the FileMaker Pro Integrated Development Environment supports a plugin architecture that can easily extend the feature set of the application. MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.4 has been updated and now includes over 5400 different functions, and the versatile plugin has gained more new functions:

For the MacOS 10.14 Mojave release, we got a few changes in our plugin. We added a new function SystemInfo.isMojave, which allows you to easily detect the new operation system. For developers we got the script search, the goto box and the search box improved to work better on MacOS 10.14.

Our new Bonjour functions allows you to search for services on the local network. This is the same technology used in FileMaker to find FileMaker servers. You can look for services and register a new service to find instances of your application in the network.

The new Keychain functions allow you to work on the passwords stored in the Keychain database on Mac and iOS. Your solution can add passwords for files, so the user is logged in automatically. If needed, you can change the passwords or delete them.

For MacOS we now have two function sets to work with contacts. First the older Addressbook API for MacOS and iOS. The new Contacts API is for both MacOS (64-bit only) and iOS. Those APIs have differences, so we want to keep both and you may need to use both sometimes. Older API can give you modification date for records while newer API can handle multiple accounts better.

As you may know we have a lot of XML functions. We added LibXLST and a new function XML.ApplyStylesheet to apply a XLST transformation to an XML document. Our XML.ExtractText function got improved to handle CData better.

For iOS we improved the plugin and now only include 64-bit version. Plugins for Device and Simulator and now separated and we ship them as frameworks. We got a new sign script for you to sign the plugin for use on your own devices for local testing. The QLPreviewPanel functions allow you to preview files on iOS including 3D models and augmented reality.

The AVRecorder functions for MacOS and iOS can now detect QR-Codes in the video image and trigger a script to process results. And you can check status and request permissions for audio and video devices. Our AVRecorder can now also record screen via the new AVRecorder.SetScreenInput function.

Check the new functions to create and resolve alias files (Mac) and shortcut files (Windows). The Font.CalculateTextFits and Font.CalculateTextHeight functions can calculate how much space some text needs. The Amazon S3 upload example is updated to do multi part uploads for huge files. SQL functions can now better query options set on connections, command or field.

Finally we updated CURL to version 7.61.1, DynaPDF to version, LibXL to version 3.8.3, LibXML2 to version 2.9.8, SQLAPI to version 4.3.3, SQLite to version 3.25.0 and updated Xcode to version 9.4.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

MonkeyBread Software Releases the MBS Xojo Plugins in version 18.4

Nickenich, Germany - (September 25th, 2018) -- MonkeyBread Software today is pleased to announce MBS Xojo Plugins 18.4 for macOS, Linux and Windows, the latest update to their product that is easily the most powerful plugin collection currently available for Xojo. MBS Xojo Plugins 18.4 have been updated and now includes over 2400 classes and 63000 documented features, and the versatile plugins have gained more new functions:

For the MacOS 10.14 Mojave release, we got a few changes in our plugin. The NSColorMBS class got 40 new colors for better supporting light and dark mode. The AVCaptureDeviceMBS class has new methods to check authentication status and request authentication for video and audio device access. In the new operation system user needs to give permissions to applications before they can use camera or microphone. The functions working on Node IDs for files on MacOS got updated to use new APIs for Apple File System. For NSAppleScriptMBS we got a method to determinate whether you have permissions to control another application and request permissions from the user.

We got a new example to detect QR-Codes, faces and text areas via CIDetectorMBS class. The video is received via AVCaptureVideoDataOutputMBS and processed in background, so your main thread stays free while the work in done on a preemptive thread. If you just want to get pictures in Xojo, we can do the conversion from YUV to RGB in the preemptive thread.

Our encryption plugin got new functions to work with S/Mime standard. This may be useful to work on encrypted emails or web forms. Our PKeyMBS class can now open key files directly and query content.

The socket classes got improvements: RAWSocketMBS can now do Listen and Accept to receive multiple connections for TCP/IP like a ServerSocket. UDPSocketMBS and RAWSocketMBS now handle better IPv6 vs. IPv4 protocols and got a new AddressFamily property.

Our BitRotateMBS function allows to rotate 1-bit bitmaps easier by 90, 180 or 270 degrees and use multiple preemptive threads. The direct show functions to record video use higher resolutions is available. We got a new CATextLayerMBS class for layers on MacOS and SQL operations can be cancelled easier.

The OverlayMBS class got a new draw event, so you can draw yourself with CoreGraphics on MacOS and get the window class name for Windows, so you can change properties of the class.

Finally we updated CURL to version 7.61.1, DynaPDF to, Growl on Windows for 64-bit, LibXML2 to 2.9.8., SQLAPI to 4.3.3, SQLite to 3.25.0 and Xcode to version 9.4.

See release notes for a complete list of changes.

Neues MBS FileMaker Plugin 8.4 - Über 5400 Funktionen in einem Plugin

25. September 2018 - Monkeybread Software veröffentlicht heute das MBS Plugin für FileMaker in Version 8.4, mit inzwischen über 5400 Funktionen eines der größten FileMaker Plugins überhaupt. Hier einige der Neuerungen:

Für die neue MacOS 10.14 Mojave Version haben wir ein paar Änderungen im Plugin. Die neue SystemInfo.isMojave Funktion teilt ihnen mit, ob dieses Betriebssystem gerade ihre Lösung ausführt. Für Entwickler haben wir die Suche in den Skripten und die Eingabefelder in der Titelleiste verbessert.

Unsere neuen Bonjour Funktionen erlauben Ihnen nach Diensten im lokalen Netzwerk zu finden. Das ist die gleiche Technologie, die auch FileMaker verwendet um seine FileMaker Server zu finden. Sie können nach Diensten suchen und einen eigenen Dienst registrieren, so dass Sie ihre Anwendungen im Netzwerk finden können.

Die neuen Keychain Funktionen erlauben ihnen Passwörter in den Schlüsselbund für Mac und iOS einzutragen, so dass der Benutzer automatisch eingeloggt wird. Falls nötig können Sie auch Passwörter löschen oder ändern.

Für MacOS haben wir jetzt zwei Schnittstellen für Kontakte. Einerseits die älteren Addressbuch API für MacOS und iOS und andererseits die neuen Contacts Funktionen für MacOS (64-bit) und iOS. Beide Schnittstellen haben Vor- und Nachteile, so dass wir teilweise beide verwenden. Die alte Schnittstelle kann ihnen zum Beispiel das Änderungsdatum für einen Kontakt melden, aber die neue Schnittstelle arbeitet besser mit mehreren Accounts.

Wie Sie sicher wissen, haben wir einige XML Funktionen. Mit dieser Version verwenden wir jetzt LibXLST für die neue XML.ApplyStylesheet Funktion. Damit können Sie jetzt XML Dateien transformieren. Unsere XML.ExtractText Funktion arbeitet besser mit CData Bereichen.

Für iOS haben wir das Plugin verbessert und liefern nur noch eine 64-bit Version aus. Die Plugins für Simulator und iOS Geräte sind jetzt separat als frameworks dabei. Das neue Signierskript erlaubt ihnen die Plugins zu signieren, damit Sie die Xcode auf Ihrem iOS Gerät testen können. Die neuen QLPreviewPanel Funktionen erlaubt ihnen die Vorschau für Dateien auf iOS anzuzeigen, inklusive 3D Modellen.

Die AVRecorder Funktionen bei MacOS und iOS können nun nun QR-Codes in Video Bildern direkt erkennen und ein Skript triggern. Sie können für Audio und Video Geräte die Erlaubnis abfragen bzw. den Status überprüfen. Mit der AVRecorder.SetScreenInput Funktionen können Sie auch Videos vom Bildschirm aufnehmen.

Probieren Sie mal die neuen Funktionen um Alias Dateien (Mac) bzw. Link Dateien (Windows) anzulegen oder abzufragen. Mit Font.CalculateTextFits und Font.CalculateTextHeight berechnen Sie wie groß ein Text wird. Das Beispiel für den Amazon S3 Dateiupload kann jetzt auch große Dateien in mehreren Häppchen hochladen. Die SQL Funktionen können jetzt auch die Optionen abfragen, die Sie für Verbindung, Befehl oder Felder definiert haben.

Außerdem haben wir CURL auf Version 7.61.1, DynaPDF auf Version, LibXL auf Version 3.8.3, LibXML2 auf Version 2.9.8, SQLAPI auf Version 4.3.3, SQLite auf Version 3.25.0 und Xcode updated 9.4 aktualisiert.

Alle Änderungen in den Release Notes.

FileMaker and macOS 10.14 Mojave compatibility

We just got notice on the compatibility from FileMaker:

FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14 with known issues. A compatibility update is planned for the November/December 2018 timeframe.

FileMaker Server 17 is currently not compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14. A compatibility update is planned for November 2018.

FileMaker Go 17.0.3 is compatible with iOS 12.

More details in the knowledge base article.

For MBS FileMaker Plugin, we release 8.4 tomorrow with the latest fixes for macOS 10.14.

Older blog entries:

2018-09-24 Xojo Stammtisch in Zürich, Schweiz
2018-09-23 Bitsundso Download
2018-09-22 Installation of MBS Plugin on FileMaker Server for Windows
2018-09-21 How to plan a conference
2018-09-21 Updated contextual menu for MBS FileMaker Plugin
2018-09-21 Under the Radar Podcast
2018-09-21 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.4pr10
2018-09-21 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr10
2018-09-20 Storing files for download on FileMaker Server with download URLs
2018-09-19 Missing LSSupportsOpeningDocumentsInPlace for iOS Apps
2018-09-19 Xojo job offer in France
2018-09-18 Ein Monat bis zur FileMaker Konferenz 2018 in Malbun
2018-09-18 Meetings at Consumer Electronics Show CES 2019 in Las Vegas?
2018-09-17 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.4pr9
2018-09-17 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 18.4pr9
2018-09-17 Using Emojis in FileMaker
2018-09-17 DbgView for watching trace messages live on FileMaker Server
2018-09-16 Use Machine Learning for detecting porn images
2018-09-14 MBS Plugin Keynote 2018
2018-09-13 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 8.4pr8


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